Deepen Your Connection Women’s Retreat

with Lisa Catania & Christina Sprayberry

at Rancho Burica, Punta Banco, Costa Rica

Saturday February 2  - Friday February 8, 2019

✨ For all women. We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are significantly female-identified. Those who identify as women in a way that’s significant to them.


During 6 nights, 5 full days on the beach in Costa Rica, we will connect with Mother Nature by playing in the ocean, taking hikes into the rainforest, and spending nights under the starry new moon sky.  Imagine the dolphins swimming in the crest of waves our boat creates as we explore nearby coastal reefs on our ocean trip near Golfito. Imagine sea turtles hatching on the shores, steps away from our cabins.  We will connect with local wildlife, as an experienced local guide attunes our senses to the rainforest flora and creatures, big and small.  Optional activities include horseback rides on the beach and night hikes into the nocturnal rainforest.


We will connect to each other, as we experience the sacred tribe of women we become. We will stay together in a community of cabins, exclusively inhabited by our group.  We will gather for daily yoga, meals, and activities.  We will shift from the place of wondering about our differences, to finding comfort in our similarities, especially as we share deeply from our hearts through laughter and authenticity.  We will venture into the wonderful experience of how vulnerability and showing up to be seen, heard, and supporting each other will help us feel more connected to ourselves and each other.


We will have the opportunity to explore connection to the Great Mystery that we are part of.  For some, there will be time to reflect on spirituality and connection to Higher Power.  For others, it’s an opportunity to revel in the experiences of Oneness of the circle of life, or unexplainable coincidences that give us a sense that we are part of something bigger.  As we open our hearts with gratitude and connection, we experience that we are ordinary, yet extraordinarily a part of a rich tapestry of life realizing its’ infinite expressions.


Perhaps, most importantly, we will each have the chance to take time away from the doing of countless roles and chores, and simply be.  Treasure authentically connecting to yourself, especially your heart and spirit.  Rediscover what it means to be essentially you: let vulnerability and openness guide you to find, accept and love your unique rhythm, breath, being.  And perhaps in the process you may find deeper insights, meaning and direction in your precious life experience.


Retreat includes:

·         retreat experience including daily yoga and activities (as led by retreat leaders)

·         cacao class

·         guided day hike in rainforest

·         trip into Golfito for ocean boat trip to find dolphins/whales and snorkel/swim in reefs (sighting wildlife on boat trip subject to luck and weather ;));  and for recreational time (shopping/dining/sight-seeing) in local town

·         accommodations (as described below)

·         prepared meals and non-alcoholic beverages while at Rancho Burica


All prices based on double occupancy per cabin suite:

$1560 per person  “Deluxe Cabin” Shared queen or king bed, private bathroom with warm water

$1470 per person  “Shared Cabin” Single bed, shared bathroom with cold water

We will be the only group at Rancho Burica during our stay, and will enjoy all the benefits of their entire facility (cabins, outdoor yoga pavilion, dining cabin, generous beach, multiple hammocks).  Please visit to see the facilities and property.  At time of booking, we can discuss which cabins/accommodations are still available.  Requests are on a first come, first request basis.  Priority for deluxe cabins are given to those who already have a roommate due to shared beds.

Additional costs, not covered by retreat:  airfare and local transportation to and from Rancho Burica, any alcoholic beverages while at Rancho Burica, any meals/recreational activities while in Golfito.


Additional activities that can be arranged at additional cost, based on interest and minimum number of participants (every day will have unstructured times to relax and enjoy as you choose, or can include):

Horseback riding on beach to local waterfall

Guided nocturnal rainforest hike

Massages at Rancho Burica

We will provide more information to help with booking air travel to San Jose, Costa Rica; and from San Jose to Golfito; and a taxi trip from Golfito to Rancho Burica.  Round trip transportation prices vary based on airfare, and cost an average of $600 to $900.  Thankfully, Christina has made this trip numerous times and can answer questions and give advice.

Prepare for an amazing adventure that will be sure to be memorable, magical, and full of transformative potential!!  Reserve your spot on this intimate retreat soon, it is sure to book up quickly!

  Looking forward to our wondrous journey,


Lisa and Christina

Lisa  773-719-1751

Christina  314-550-4384


About Lisa:  Lisa has been a psychotherapist for over 25 years, and has increasingly integrated spiritual and energetic principles to her healing work, parallel to her own life growth curve.  This is her 4th time leading a transformational women’s retreat.  She is loving and nurturing, and a bad-ass human goddess full of vulnerability and authenticity.  She dances and sings to her own awkward, yet beautiful rhythm, and is proud of it! 

Photos from Lisa’s last retreat, Sedona, April 2018:


About Christina: Christina M Sprayberry LCSW, RYT has been providing psychotherapy for over 8 years and is trained in yoga and mindfulness meditation. Her yoga trainings brought her to the jungle and ocean of Costa Rica and deepened her connection with nature. Christina has been described as approachable, a gentle soul with tranquility, creativity and warmth. She likes to follow the moon; play with botanicals; and find magic in everyday life.

Christina on the beach at Rancho!    All photos taken by Christina on a recent visit.

Christina on the beach at Rancho!

All photos taken by Christina on a recent visit.

More formal notes on payment, cancellation policy and travel insurance:

Payment is due at time of registration and can be made via PayPal (additional charge of 2.8%) or check. There are no refunds on retreat payments/registration but registration may be transferable to another female participant that leaders have on a waiting list. In the event of a registration transfer, at least 30 days is required to see if replacement can be found. In the event that a replacement is found, the new participant’s payment will act as a refund to the cancelling party. Any cancellations with less than 30 days notice will be non-refundable and non-transferable. A booking contract will be shared at time of registration.

 Travel insurance is highly recommended for unforeseen circumstances, such as serious illness.  If you have a condition which may affect your participation in all or any portion of the retreat, please discuss with Lisa and Christina before confirming your booking so that we can advise as to the suitability of this event. Should we feel that it is beyond our  ability to accommodate personal medical, mental health or physical considerations, we reserve the right to cancel the contract.